At some point or another, one may have encountered the showy and colourful horticultural herbs such as Cyclamens, Primulas, Pimpernels – famous members of the Primula family. But many plant families that are well known in the temperate zone also have members that occur in the tropics. The Primula family is no exception. In the case of Maesa haplobotrys, the Primula family has made a rainforest woody shrub !
This species appears very similar to the scrambling Maesa dependens, except that in M. dependens, the leaf margins seems to be more strongly toothed.